6August, 2015

For What It’s Worth: Considering the Upsell

One does not simply buy a product in 2015. As our society has advanced in its complexity, products, even niche products, are fitted for specific uses. That’s why there are umpteen dozen versions of Tide — though, I do appreciate those versions addressing allergy sensitivities.

And, it’s the same deal with computer software. There are freeware […]

17July, 2015

Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 6: Handling Large Projects

Well, this is it: the final installment of our time management series. (Read parts one, two, three, four, and five, if you want to catch up.) It’s been real; but, it had to end sometime; and, this is the end of the line. This final post will focus on managing large projects — perhaps I […]

10December, 2014

Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 3: Technology Solutions

In Part 1 in our series on time management, we covered some basic solutions. In Part 2, we addressed some email management techniques. Now, we’ll consider a variety of technology solutions that will answer for tracking your time, saving your time, and, ultimately, increasing your efficiency.

Technology Conventions

One of the simplest technology upgrades you can implement […]

27November, 2014

Gee, Mail, Thanks!: Three Google Email Attachments

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Given the vast array of law practice technology options, as well as the further multitudes of office technology used in law firms, it’s no wonder that no two law offices share the same, exact technology rig — though, many share constituent parts.

There have been several noticeable shifts in practice management technology preferences since […]

27October, 2014

Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 2: Email Management

In Part 1 of our series on time management, we outlined some basic solutions for improving efficiency.  In this second part of our series, we will focus on email management.

Email is the root of most of our time management issues.  The staggering volume of email we send and receive is debilitating.  Many of us make […]

11October, 2014

Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 1: Basic Solutions

Life is a continuing struggle for additional time. Not that we can ‘add time’ to our terranean existence. The best we can do is to use the time we are allotted more wisely; and, in the business context, that means being as efficient as possible — so that you can complete your work, and get […]

22August, 2014

Automate Your Email with Simple Scheduling Tools

“Inbox Zero” means keeping your inbox empty or nearly empty at all times, thus reducing distraction and increasing efficiency.  Inbox Zero, per its founder Merlin Mann, and its related email and task management methodology (i.e. “Getting Things Done” by David Allen), each prescribe the following:  if you can respond to an email in less than […]

25July, 2014

Outlook Tip: Finding Unread Mail

Regardless of the different techniques and services you might use to manage your Outlook Inbox, there will come a day when you amass too many messages in your Inbox and thereby lose track of your unread messages.  When that happens, you need a way to quickly access your unread messages to then sort and respond […]

19July, 2014

Surface Tension: Microsoft’s Tablet is No Match for the iPad

I consider myself an agnostic, as battles get fought between the ultimate utility of Apple versus Microsoft products. I use Windows products at work, and have a PC laptop at home; but, I also have an iPad (and have had an Android smartphone and a Blackberry). I tried a Macintosh once, in college, over ten […]

8March, 2014

My Generation: Document Automation Tools for Lawyers

You’ll have read some variation of the Myth of Sisyphus elsewhere, no doubt; and, mostly, the story gets you weepy over ol’ Sisyphus because, each time he seems to have completed his task . . . well, the boulder rolls right back into place — and, he must start again, from scratch. Lawyers should be […]